TBT: The Biagini Passo Took the Top Off the Golf Country

The latest edition of Volkswagen’s ongoing throwback Thursday series, VW is taking a look at the Biagini Passo. Among the rarer models, the car essentially took a chassis from a Mk2 Golf Country and mated it to the body of a Mk1 cabriolet.

From VW’s post:

With headlights and taillights borrowed from other manufacturers, a raised ride height and an external bull bar, the Passo looked like nothing else. It could hold five people with its top down, although the speed at which they traveled were limited by the 1.8-liter four-cylinder’s 98 hp.

Initially destined for central and eastern Europe, it’s not clear how many Passos were built after its launch in 1990; some sources say 300, others, well less than 100. It’s abundantly clear that today, few Passos remain in drivable condition, as a lack of rustproofing doomed many to the junk heap.

The Passo is mostly a curiosity now. Prices on these are hard to determine because of how rare they are, but values are far from stratospheric where they do come up for sale. As VW argues, this, in some ways, was a prototype for the convertible T-Roc on sale today.